Friday, May 30, 2008

Career Day

Grace's school had a career day today where the kids had to pick what they would like to be when they grow up and then come dressed as that. I thought that Grace would pick a doctor or a veterinarian but she wanted to be an equestrian or a "horse rider" as she called it. She is going through a phase where she loves horses and everything about them. So, the night before I started trying to put together an outfit that equestrians wear. It was difficult since she didn't have any type of boots or anything. We borrowed cowboy boots and a vest and hat from two different friends (thanks Kristie and Wendi!) and put those with some pants and a polo shirt that we had and she became an equestrian. Isn't she cute?

Thursday, May 29, 2008

Zachary's Bowling and Pizza Party

We had Zachary's Preschool End of Year Party before the end of school because a few of his classmates were leaving to go out of town. We had a bowling and pizza party here at the bowling alley on base and the kids had so much fun. It was great fun watching 12 four-year olds bowl. Of course we had the bumpers up and they used these neat little ramps to push the ball down and Zachary even bowled a strike! After the kids bowled, we had pizza and all kinds of goodies then Mrs. Ariel, Zachary's teacher, opened her gifts. We gave her a charm bracelet and each child gave her a charm that they picked out. Zachary gave her a shark because one of his favorite things to do at preschool was to play with the sea animals and he also loved their field trip to the aquarium. She is a wonderful teacher who truly loves the kids and what she does. Even though Zachary has only been in her class since the beginning of April, he has already learned so much.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Zachary's Field Trip to the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium

Zachary's preschool class took a field trip to the Pine Knoll Shores Aquarium on May 20, 2008 and they all had so much fun. When we first got there, the kids were all running around crazy and his teacher, Mrs. Ariel, in a very calm voice said something like "okay boys and girls, I need Mrs. Ariel's class to come here" and all the kids immediately perked up and listened and obeyed. Then she said "I need you to turn on your listening ears" and they all went "click, click". I was absolutely amazed at how she got them to listen and follow directions. If only they would do that for all us moms at home, right? Anyway, we had a great time seeing all the different kinds of fish. We also got to see an otter exhibit when they fed the otters and we got to see how they go around and hunt for their food and we also got to see divers in the fish tank with the sharks. The kids loved that! Afterwards, we had a picnic lunch then headed home.

One of the divers is showing the kids a shark tooth.

Touching an otter skin.

They loved the eels!

Some type of little jellyfish.

Watching the otter exhibit.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Daisy Wayne Day

Grace participated in her Girl Scouts Daisy Wayne Day yesterday. They told us that the girls were going to get dirty but I had no idea they would be as dirty and muddy as they were. We dropped the girls off at 12:45 and got them signed in and then the parents left. The girls had to do an obstacle course which is where they got so muddy and they had a water fun fight and got to eat "yummy" MRE's. Then at 3:30 they had the Bridge Ceremony for parents and the girls moved up to the next level of Girl Scouts so Grace is officially a Brownie now! She had a blast and I've had fun trying to get all the mud out of her clothes. Just kidding. I really did strip her down on the front porch though and send her straight to the shower!

A Day at the Farm - Cove City, NC

Grace on the bus with a few of her friends

On Thursday I went with Grace and her class to Cove City, NC to "a day at the farm" and we had so much fun. I had no idea where Cove City was when we started out, had never even heard of it. It's actually only about an hour away and there is this little farm there that is open for tours, groups and schools. It is run by two sisters who actually grew up there. Before their father passed away it was a dairy farm. Now they only have a couple of cows, one calf, pigs, several goats and sheep, a horse, a bunny rabbit, chickens, roosters, turkeys, ducks, peacocks and a small fish pond.
The kids got to make butter from cream and then eat it, feed the animals, tour the old dairy barn, go on a hayride and then end the day with an ice cream cone from their little ice cream parlor.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Grace's Ballet Recital

Dave said she did great! He said that the group of girl that Grace danced with were better than the other girls their age. He was so proud of her that he got teary eyed watching. She looked so beautiful too. Grace has decided that she loves being on stage so I guess we will be continuing to take ballet lessons.

Spring Ballet 2008

Food Poisoning, Stomach Flu....Yuck!

Okay, first of all let me start this by saying that right now I'm missing my daughter's ballet recital. Grace has been taking ballet since the first of the year and today is her recital and I'm home with Zachary who is sick. But let me go back a little. Last week I woke up on Thursday morning feeling fine and then "it" hit me like a ton of bricks. I got so sick so fast that I wasn't even able to take the kids to school. Dave was at a conference in Texas and I was sick with what I thought was a violent case of food poisoning. I was so sick that I contemplated having a neighbor take me to the emergency room but then I would just crawl back in the bed.

On Friday I was a little better and could actually eat something on Friday night. But it was Tuesday before I felt like a normal human being again. Then during the night last Friday night, Grace got sick. She was sick Friday night and on Saturday and then she started feeling better but still didn't get her appetite back for a few days.

Everyone was fine all week long and then yesterday, Zachary fell asleep when I went and picked up Grace from school. When he woke up, he complained of his tummy and head hurting. We had Grace's dress rehearsal last night in Swansboro and Zachary moaned and groaned all the way. He felt like he had a fever and would just cry and moan during the rehearsal. I finally brought him to the car where he fell asleep and I went back and forth between the car and Grace's rehearsal. He slept on the way home and as soon as we pulled in the driveway and I unbuckled him, he put his hand over his mouth and I asked him, "are you going to throw up?" and he nodded his head so I picked him up and stood him in the grass where he got sick. It could not have been more perfect timing.

He got sick again last night and then this morning we thought he was some better although we could tell he was still not feeling well. We were out on the screened in porch this morning just enjoying the gorgeous morning and drinking our coffee when he got sick again. So, we knew then that I needed to stay home with him.

So, Dave and Grace have gone to her recital with strict instructions to take lots of pictures. I'm just glad that he was home and able to go.

Saturday, May 10, 2008

Daisy Camporee

Grace had her first camping trip with her Daisy Troop last Saturday at Camp Brewster here on base. I dropped her off early that morning and got her settled and then I left. They had a very busy but fun day. The first thing they did was go canoeing. Grace was very nervous about that at first because she had never been but it turned out to be one of her favorite things they did. They also went on a treasure hunt as the entire camping trip had a pirate theme. They also did crafts, "walked the plank" and archery, which evidently Grace was very good at. The Moms met the girls back at their campsite at about 6:45 to head over to the bonfire. We sat around and all the girls sang campfire songs then of course we roasted marshmallows and ate smores. Yummy! After the bonfire, we settled the girls down, got into our PJs and went to sleep. I must admit, this was my first time camping or to sleep in a tent and I'm not a camper. My idea of camping is staying at the Motel 6. But I did it for Grace and of course, I will do it again.

Thursday, May 8, 2008

2008 Spring School Pictures

Mrs. Ariel's 3 Year Old Class

Mrs. Flott's Kindergarten-1st Grade Class